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Kiphire – The Town Overlooking Saramati Mountains


Kiphire is one of the small towns of Nagaland that is located in an exotic location overlooking the Saramati Mountain, the highest mountain peak of Nagaland. Kiphire is also the name of a newly-formed district that was carved out of the Tuensang district in 2004.

It is the ninth district of Nagaland. The Tuensang district bounds the Kiphire district in the north, Phek district is on the west while the Kiphire district shares an international border with Myanmar in the east.

Kiphire is 239 km from Kohima, the capital of Nagaland. Kiphire is home to a few Naga tribes, namely, Yimchungers, Khiamniungan, Phom, Sangtams and Sumis. According to folklore, the Yimchungers originated from the nearby place called Kemephu near the Waphur village.

Kiphire & Saramati, An Enthralling Combination

Any traveller would delight in the picturesque surrounding of Kiphire overlooking the Saramati Mountain which is 3841 meters above sea level and is the highest peak of Nagaland. The mountain stays snow-clad throughout the winters, adding to the exotic beauty of the place.

The town of Kiphire overlooks the mountain and many would say that Saramati guards the small, picturesque town.

Sightseeing In Kiphire

The popular places to visit near Kiphire include the Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, the caves of Salomi and Mimi. The ‘Lover’s Paradise’, the Sukhayap Rock Cliff is also a popular tourist destination. While visiting Simi village near Kiphire, tourists can also enjoy the cascading water of the Wawade Waterfall and check out the Twin Stones which are also known as the Competing Stones.

A glimpse of an old Sangtam tribal village can be experienced in Siphi or Sangphure where an old monolith called Ningthsalong is famously installed.

Best Time To Visit

Kiphire The best time to visit Kiphire is between October and March.

How To Reach Kiphire

Kiphire Is Well Connected To The Rest Of Nagaland By The National Highway 155. The National Highway Connects Kiphire To Kohima, Meluri, Dimapur, And Mokochung. Regular State Transport Buses And Private Taxis Are Available From Anywhere In Nagaland To Kiphire. The State Highway Also Connects Tuensang-Kiphire-Meluri Together.

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How to Reach Kiphire

  • By Road
    Kiphire is well connected to the rest of Nagaland by the National Highway 155. The national highway connects Kiphire to Kohima, Meluri, Dimapur, and Mokochung. Regular state transport buses and private taxis are available from anywhere in Nagaland to Kiphire. The state highway also connects Tuensang-Kiphire-Meluri together.
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  • By Train
    Dimapur also has the only railway station in Nagaland. Thus if, you want to travel to Nagaland on train, you will first have to reach Dimapur then take the road to reach Kiphire. From Dimapur to Kiphire, regular Nagaland State Transport buses and private tourist vehicles are available.
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  • By Air
    Since Nagaland is served by only the Dimapur airport, to reach Kiphire tourists have to take a flight to Dimapur first and then travel on road. Dimapur is 471 kilometres from Kiphire and takes about 8 hours on road. The other airport options are Jorhat and Guwahati airports.
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